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National Poetry Month

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National Poetry Month was inaugurated by the Academy of American Poets in 1996. Over the years, it has become the largest literary celebration in the world with schools, publishers, libraries, booksellers, and poets celebrating poetry’s vital place in our culture. [taken from poets.org]

Beginning in 2018, Madison Public Library celebrated National Poetry Month by posting a poem a day throughout the entire month of April. The poems were recommended by Madison-area readers and writers and curated by past City of Madison Poet Laureate Oscar Mireles. In 2019, Madison Public Library submitted their favorites.

This year, selections have been curated by the current City of Madison Poet Laureate, Angela Trudell Vasquez. You can check out the highlighted poems and find out why each was chosen on the A Poem a Day page.

Full list of National Poetry Month activities

Past Years' Selections

2018 Selections

Curated by 2018 City of Madison Poet Laureate Oscar Mireles.

2019 Selections

Chosen by Madison Public Library staff.